Pass Rush Specialist Verbals To MSU

Michigan State has signed another speed rusher at linebacker, as Jonathan Misch, a 6-foot-3 195-pound linebacker from St Mary's Preparatory in Orchard Lake, has committed to MSU.

OKEMOS, MI - has learned that pass rushing specialist Jonathan Misch has committed to Michigan State. Misch is the second linebacker in this class, along with signee Jesse Cole, who is noted for having the ability to get to the passer.

Misch received All-Area honors for his defensive prowess, and also was First Team All-Catholic in the Central Division.

Jonathan led a defense at St Mary's that went 9-0 in league play, and 11-1 overall. That defense gave up just 9.5 points per game, and gave up seven points or less an amazing seven times.

St Mary's was also tough against the run, giving up just 101-yards in league play, and 127-yards overall per game.

Misch had little publicity at the beginning of the season playing in the shadow of QB Justin Siller (a Michael Vick emulator), RB Anthony Bowman, who has signed with Iowa, and All-State Dream Team Lineman Matt Briner. However, by the end of the season, Misch made a name for himself with a penchant for pressuring quarterbacks.

John L. Smith was impressed enough to offer a scholarship to Misch, who runs the forty in 4.7. On film, No. 36 (Misch), was in the opponents backfield all day and looked impressive.

Misch made some of his biggest plays in big games, including a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown against Warren DeLasalle, and a late sack against Birmingham Brother Rice to preserve a 24-21 victory.

Certainly John L. Smith had to be impressed by the coaching Misch has received at St Mary's as well. Head Coach George Porritt is known for turning out many Division I players and Misch looks to be a good one.

In fact, Coach Porritt now has a 153-35 overall record and three State Championships and was nominated for the 'NFL's High School Coach Of The Year' for football in 2005. Included on that panel were NFL coaching greats Chuck Noll and Bill Walsh. Coach Porritt is confident of Misch's ability to play on the next level.

Jonathan also was member of the St Mary's rowing team that won the 2005 Midwest Rowing Championships.

Those in in the mix for Misch's services included Northwestern, Washington, and Eastern Michigan.

If Misch pans out, give Smith some credit for good film study again.

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